Kara Fox-LaRose, a member of the Mohegan Tribe and former assistant general manager at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the last five years, has been appointed general manager of the $500 million Cowlitz Project in southwest Washington.
A 20-year gaming veteran, Fox-LaRose will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the facility slated to open in spring 2017.
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is working in collaboration with Mohegan Sun on the project, a 368,000-square-foot casino resort that will include 100,000 square feet of gaming space with 2,500 slots, 80 table games, more than 15 restaurants and retails shops and, eventually, a 2,500-seat entertainment venue, Fox-LaRose said.
Fox-LaRose launched her career with Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in 1996 and was appointed assistant general manager of Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in January 2013. Named one of ‘America’s BestEmployers, 2015’ by Forbes, Mohegan Sun Pocono was Pennsylvania’s first casino, opening in November2006, and exceeding the Commonwealth’s expectation in revenues and profitability. Fox-LaRose was directly responsible for the planning and execution of a multi-million-dollarexpansion that introduced a hotel, convention center, spa and lobby bar in 2013. Inaddition to being named one of Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal’s ‘Top 25Women in Business,’ Global Gaming Business Magazine alsoLaRose one of their 2016 ‘25 People to Watch.
“Kara’s experience in various levels of management throughout her career atMohegan Sun has readied her for this opportunity to lead the Cowlitz Tribe andMohegan Sun in our joint effort to establish a premier entertainment and meetingdestination,” said Bobby Soper, President of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA).“Her holistic appreciation of the business makes her the ideal candidate to introduce tothe project the optimal business management practices that Mohegan Sun has to offerits valued partners.”
Now Fox-LaRose is focused on developing the Cowlitz property’s brand, establishing the executive management team, and securing retail and dining vendors.
The Cowlitz Tribe, headquartered in Longview, Washington, is a federally recognized tribe with over 4,000 tribal members. Since 2015, the Cowlitz Tribe has 152 acres of reservationland in Southwest Washington.